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Cloning: A Diabolical Counterfeit of Eternal Life

                Scientists clone first adult mammal

                    Say process could be
                    applied to humans

                    February 23, 1997
                    Web posted at: 1:20 p.m. EST

                    LONDON (Reuter) -- British
                    scientists said Sunday that they have cloned an adult farm
                    animal for the first time, taking medical technology a step
                    closer toward mass-producing animal herds that can be
                    farmed for milk, blood and organs.

                    The researchers who replicated the adult sheep from a cell
                   said the procedure opened the door to more efficient
                    production of animals used to make health products.

                    But other experts said the technique was potentially
                    applicable to people and could confront mankind with
                    major ethical questions.

                    Ian Wilmut and colleagues at the Roslin Institute in
                    Edinburgh, working with biotechnology company PPL
                    Therapeutics, said the female sheep, named Dolly, was
                    born seven months ago.

                    Beyond embryos

                    Last year the same team made headlines around the
                    world when they cloned sheep embryos. Two of the
                    embryos made it to adulthood and one is now pregnant.

                    Other teams have cloned frogs, cattle and mice but Dolly
                    is the first animal to be grown from the cell of an adult

                Wilmut's team took a normal embryo cell from an adult
                    sheep and removed its nucleus, which contains the
                    genetic material. They then took a cell from another
                    sheep's mammary gland inside its udder and fused it to
                    the emptied cell.

                    "The nucleus goes into the empty egg," said Dr. Ron
                    James, Managing Director of PPL. "It behaves as if it has
                    gone right back to the start."

                   All cells contain the genes to create a whole animal or
                    plant, but normally a skin cell divides to make another skin
                    cell, a muscle cell another muscle cell and so on. Roslin's
                    fusion process makes the emptied cell with the new
                    nucleus act like an embryo, and it starts growing an animal
                    from scratch.

                    Genetically identical

                    "They found a way of stopping the clock and programming
                    the genes so they go back to the beginning," James told
                    Reuters in a telephone interview. The findings will be
                    reported in the scientific journal Nature next week.

                    James, whose company was formed to commercialize the
                    discoveries made at Roslin, said the findings opened up a
                    far more efficient way to farm genetically engineered

                    The company now uses technology developed at Roslin
                    for the genetic engineering of animals that produce human
                    proteins in their milk. Their main product is AAT, a sheep's
                    milk now in clinical trials for use in treating cystic fibrosis.

                    Dolly is genetically identical to her Finn Dorset mother, but
                    has not been genetically engineered. She is a normal

                    James said the next step was to make a clone of a
                    transgenic sheep. For commercial reasons he would not
                    discuss what products might come of this but said some
                    examples could be human blood clotting factors for

                    Ethical questions

                    Patrick Dixon, author of a book on modern genetic
                    techniques, said the breakthrough "will bring with it a huge
                    number of ethical questions."

                    "My view is that this allows us potentially to produce
                    replicas of any living human being and also to recover the
                    dead by using frozen material," he said.

                    "The work has been done on sheep, but almost any
                    technique that can be done with a mammal can be done
                    with a human."

                But James said people were becoming less critical of his
                    companies' activities. "I see much less of the 'yuk' factor
                    than I did a few years ago," he said.

                    Wilmut said he did not foresee a "Brave New World" in
                    which humans were genetically engineered and cloned as
                    in Aldous Huxley's novel.

                    "Cloning people should be in the realm of science fiction,"
                    he said. "All those involved in this research would find it

                    Copyright 1997Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

The announcement of the ability to clone a living mammal from a single cell is a major affront in the spirit of antichrist's plan to replace God.

5  "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
(Genesis 3:5).

4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
(2 Thess 2:4)

It is part of the timeless quest for eternal life and the fountain of youth.  The spirit of antichrist can now offer fallen man the precious commodity it has been striving unsuccessfully to offer from the beginning of time:  eternal life.  Mankind now has an alternative to God and His moral standards with the same final result of eternal life.  Obviously, this form of eternal life is a rank counterfeit of the everlasting life offered to us by God:

For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. (John 3:16)

14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14)

24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

The following news releases document two possible uses for this ungodly technology.

                    Mr. Mubarak, meet Mr.

                    Egypt dithers with talk of
                    cloning pharaohs

            March 12, 1997
                    Web posted at: 7:13 p.m. EST (0013 GMT)

                    From Correspondent Gayle

                    CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- For
                    decades the mummified remains
                    of Ramses II have rested in the
                    Cairo Museum, and hauled out occasionally for the
                    viewing pleasure of visiting dignitaries.

                    Like his fellow pharaohs, Ramses wanted nothing more
                    than to live for eternity.

                    Now, some 3,000 years later, some observers speculate
                    that maybe the ancient Egyptians, with their determination
                    to preserve their bodies, were not so much prone to
                    wishful thinking as they were to thinking ahead.

                    Reports that Scottish scientists have cloned an adult
                    sheep named Dolly have led to rampant speculation that
                    humans could be cloned as well.

                                            This tempest in a petri dish is
                                            heading to Egypt. For the past
                                            several years, scientists have
                                            been extracting samples of
                                            DNA from mummies.

                                            "For example from the teeth,
                                            for example from the skin, from
                                            the tissues, soft tissues and
                    from the bones and from the hair," said mummy expert
                    Nasry Iskander.

                    The question now is whether such DNA could be cloned
                    so the great Ramses, or perhaps Seti I or even King
                    Tutankhamen, rise again and have the life-after-death they
                    so desperately craved?

                    "It is too early to speak about this," Iskander said.

                The Cairo Museum says it knows of no program in the
                    works to clone mummies. The DNA that has been
                    extracted from dozens of bodies is being used to unravel
                    who fathered whom in the tangled ruling families of Egypt.

                    But the idea of mummies
                    getting a second lease on life
                    certainly gave tourists at the
                    museum something to think
                    about. They had a range of

                    "Go for it, see what happens,"
                    said one man.

                    "I think it would be unethical to bring someone back in this
                    kind of culture. I don't know how he'd handle the traffic of
                    Cairo and things like that," said another man, laughing.

                    The Great Ramses in a Cairo traffic jam? Actually, that
                    doesn't have to be imagined, since his statue sits in the
                    city's busiest square.

                    As for his being cloned, for once in Egypt that involves a
                    mystery of the future instead of a mystery of the past.


Iraqi scientists have been given the mother of all biological challenges
- to clone their leader, Saddam Hussein.
    A prominent Iraqi doctor, who has just arrived in Britain from Baghdad,
told The Telegraph last week that the dictator is fascinated by new
discoveries in genetic research. The doctor, who would not be
identified, reports that Saddam has set up a cloning laboratory in
Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.
    After studying reports in British newspapers about the successful
cloning of "Dolly", the sheep produced earlier this year in a Scottish
laboratory, the Iraqi leader summoned his scientists and questioned them
closely about the possibility of cloning humans.
Saddam has also been encouraged by reports that Western scientists had
the technology to create human clones within two years. The procedure is
said to be straightforward. Doctors in Belgium claim that they cloned a
twin boy, four years ago, "by accident"
    Saddam, 60 on Monday, has become obsessed with his own mortality. The
possibility of making a team of identikit dictators to continue his
legacy is clearly too hard to resist. News of Saddam's interest in
producing clones of himself will undoubtedly reinforce the international
clamor for experimentation with human cloning to be banned. Experts have
already argued that the technology could be dangerous in the hands of
"unscrupulous scientists".
    That certainly applies to the Iraqi experiment. Saddam's only recorded
achievements in the world of science to date have been his ongoing
interest in nuclear engineering and germ warfare.
    Iraq is said to have enough biological weapons to kill the world's
population several times over.
    The report produced by United Nations weapons inspectors following the
Gulf war revealed that Saddam's scientists had managed to build a
formidable nuclear and chemical weapons arsenal from limited resources.
    Saddam would have no shortage of uses for a clone. For years the
dictator has escaped assassination attempts, and boring public
engagements, by using a double whose face has been surgically altered to
make him look more like his leader. His son, Uday, also uses a double.
Clones would be simpler than surgery.
    The production of Saddam clones would also enable the Iraqi leader to
indulge further in one of his favorite pastimes - dressing up. Visitors
to Baghdad are always taken aback at the number and variety of
photographs of the Iraqi leader that are posted throughout the city,
showing him in a number of guises, from leader of the armed forces to a
simple desert tribesman. By having any number of readily available
clones at his disposal, Saddam would save himself the inconvenience of
having to dress himself in these exotic outfits.
    Recently two of Saddam's son-in-laws sought political asylum abroad
after falling out with the dictator and his son. Saddam lured them back
to Iraq, then had them killed. Relations made to his own specifications
would be less likely to be disloyal.
    Clones would be a more reliable alternative to Saddam's presidential
guard. Supposedly hand-picked for their loyalty, last year the elite
force attempted a coup against their leader. As punishment, 122 were
    Dr Al-Rubeai, an Iraqi scientist and reader in bio-technology at
Birmingham University, said that Saddam would find the idea of cloning
intriguing. "He considers himself the father of science in Iraq and is
interested in any technology if it could help him or his regime to
survive. It would be in Saddam's interests to explore this technology.
It is not too costly and does not need sophisticated equipment, it would
be tempting for him to try."
    But however much Saddam may need clones to prop up his regime, few
experts believe his research will lead anywhere.
    Their leader may dream of hundreds of mustachioed Saddam-lookalikes with
an identical penchant for invading neighboring countries, but Iraqi
scientists have neither the expertise or technology to make his dream
come true.
    Professor Robert Winston, Britain's leading expert on fertility, said
the project would also be difficult for practical reasons. "You have to
examine the logistics," he said. "Given the failure rate in previous
published cloning experiments, Iraqi scientists would have to transfer
genes to the uteruses of 40,000 primed women to produce one hundred
Saddams, then they would have to wait 30 years before they look much
like Saddam.
    "Even then Saddam may be in for a shock. Clones cannot replicate anyone
emotionally or culturally, only physically. You cannot create another
Saddam Hussein. He is unique." {SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (London) 4/27 C|H}

Other shocking consequences of human cloning include the fact that men would no longer be necessary for the propagation of the human race and that a non-miraculous virgin birth is now possible.


Is it irony, coincidence or something greater that the first product of mammalian cloning was a lamb?  The lamb is mentioned first in the Bible in Genesis connected with the sacrifice of Abel:

(Gen 4:2)  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
(Gen 4:3)  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
(Gen 4:4)  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Later when Abraham showed his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac, a lamb became the substitutionary sacrifice.

(Gen 22:7)  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
(Gen 22:8)  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
(Gen 22:13)  And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

In introducing Jesus, John the Baptist first referred to him as the Lamb of God.

(John 1:29)  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
(John 1:35)  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
(John 1:36)  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

The references to Jesus as a lamb are perhaps most prominent in the Book of Revelation where the word "lamb" occurs 31 times in 29 verses.  Was this frequent use of the word lamb in this most prophetic of books meant as a clue as to the nature of the desolating abomination?

Previous Attempts at usurping God's authority

The Bible has carefully detailed previous attempts of the satan/fallen man alliance to usurp the authority of God.  Each of these attempts has resulted in crushing judgments handed down by God towards man.  It began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve's disobedience with regards to the Tree of Knowledge.  The result was banishment from the Garden of Eden and from the intimate fellowship with God that man had shared.  Man's lifetime previously meant to be eternal now became numbered.

Satan soon followed this with his attempt to pollute the seed of man via intermarriage of the daughter of man with demons (Genesis 6:2).  God once again answered with unequivocal fury sending his flood to destroy all of mankind save Noah and his family.

Next came mankind's attempt to reach the heavens via the Tower of Babel.  God's answer was sure, swift, and severe:  He scattered man throughout the earth and confounded their speech.  No longer would all the earth be of one tongue (Genesis 11:1)

Scientists are trumpeting the wonderful potential of this new technology without careful consideration of its terrible moral implications.  Only God is the author of life and man, his greatest creation, was made in His own likeness.  Cloning allows man to create man in his own image.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Gen 1:27)

But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. (1 Cor 15:38)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19)

Jesus answered and said to them,  "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19)

Reaction from religious leaders from the Judeo-Christian sector was prompt and uncompromising.


Israel's Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yisrael Lau said yesterday that while there
was no specific prohibition in Jewish Law against using artificial genetics
to reproduce a human being, it was entirely against basic Jewish conceptions
to do so.

"The Torah gave a specific dispensation for doctors to use their knowledge
to cure, and even to lengthen life, but the formation of new life goes way
beyond that. We have no permission to enter the domain of the Creator on
questions of life and death," Lau said.

He did not know of a single rabbi who permitted genetic engineering in this

Lau's comments came in the wake of the debate sparked by the cloning of a
sheep by Scottish scientists. The successful experiment has raised concerns
that human being would be next on the cloning agenda.

The Pope has also spoken out against human cloning, and some countries have
outlawed research involving human cloning.

                Pope denounces
                  'dangerous experiments'
                  on life

               March 2, 1997
                    Web posted at: 9:45 p.m. EST

                    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A few
                    days after the Vatican called for a
                    ban on cloning humans, Pope
                    John Paul II denounced
                    "dangerous experiments" that
                    harm human dignity.

                    In his Sunday address to
                    thousands gathered in St. Peters'
                    Square, the pope focused on the biblical story of Jesus
                    driving money changers from the Temple of Jerusalem.

                    John Paul decried the "temple merchants of our age" who
                    make "the marketplace their religion, until they trample ...
                    the dignity of the human person with abuses of every kind."

                    "We are thinking, for example, about the lack of respect for
                    life, which has become at times the object of dangerous

                    The pope did not mention specifically the news last month
                    that researchers in Scotland had cloned a sheep. On
                    Wednesday, however, the Vatican newspaper urged
                    governments to quickly pass laws banning the cloning of
                    humans because people have the right to be born "in a
                    human way."

                    John Paul also denounced environmental pollution and
                    "the merchandising of sex" as damaging to human dignity
                    as well as the exploitation of children and the poor.

                    Copyright 1997  The Associated Press. All rights
                    reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
                    rewritten, or redistributed.

To announce the ability to clone humans is the ultimate desecration of God's temple:  the human body.

3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thess 2:3-4)

What is the temple of God referred to above?  Classically it has been interpreted as the rebuilt Jewish temple.  I would argue however that the New Testament gives a different meaning to the word "temple".  The definition of the New Testament temple is each one of us individually and as a body.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  (1 Cor 3:16-17)

19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  ( 1 Cor 6:19)

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(2 Cor 6:16)

19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Eph 2: 19-22)

One must ask whether at this point in God's revelation to man He would consider any act at a physical temple to be an abomination.

(Mat 27:51)  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

(Heb 10:18)  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
(Heb 10:19)  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
(Heb 10:20)  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

(Heb 9:6)  Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
(Heb 9:7)  But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
(Heb 9:8)  The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
(Heb 9:9)  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

Simultaneous with Jesus' death on the cross the veil in front of the Holy of Holies was rent signifying that God was giving everyone access to His throne through Jesus' sacrificial death.  Significantly, for forty years after the death of Jesus the Talmud records that God gave miraculous signs of the ineffective nature of the Jewish sacrifice on Yom Kippur.

"Forty years before the destruction of the Temple the western light went out, the crimson thread remained crimson, and the lot for the Lord always came up in the left hand.  They would close the gates of the Temple by night and get up in the morning and find them wide open.  Said Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai to the Temple, 'O Temple, why do you frighten us?  We know that you will end up destroyed.  For it has been said 'Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars' '"  Sotah 6:3

Surely a reinstituted animal sacrificial system would mean as little to God today as it did in the years immediately after the atoning death of His only Son.

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